This is the eCall emergency system, an ingenious system that will save hundreds of lives every year in Europe, is now in it’s final trial stages thanks to the financial support of the EU.
eCall is a huge step forward in what’s called European vehicle connection and will produce a spectacular reduction in the response times of the emergency services. We should find that thanks to eCall that at the instant an accident occurs, it will transmit information about the exact location along with other useful data that will help save lives and reduce the severity of many injuries. By using safety sensors, eCall will be able to provide information on how many passengers are in the car (also how many were using seat belts or whether the airbags were activated). Using this latest safety measure, it is estimated that it will save about 2,500 lives every year and reduce the severity of injuries by 10 to 15%.
The MAPRE FOUNDATION we enthusiastically embrace this new road safety service which should result in improved post accident treatment, although at the same time we would like to emphasize the importance of accident prevention. The priority is to reduce risk. It is therefore important that we use all the existing road safety measures, using correctly all the restraining systems available and appropriate to each passenger: seatbelts for adults and an appropriate approved child seat for the child’s weight and height and under 135cms and for children over 135cms an adult seatbelt ensuring that is properly adjusted: the upper strap over the sternum and across the collarbone and the lower strap securely positioned across the hips. Incorrect adjustment of either the harness or seatbelt can expose the child to increased risk and cause serious internal injuries. If the child is over 135cms and it isn’t possible to adjust the seatbelt correctly then a booster seat, which also offers lateral protection for the back, must be used.
Technology is very important with respect to our safety, but the human factor shouldn’t be forgotten. These precautions are in our hands.